The theme for World Water Day 2021 was ‘valuing water’- which entails the environmental, social, and cultural value people place on water. This special count down event was part of the world water day activities and focused on the challenge of delivering safe water for all in Ghana. This was geared towards creating awareness and interest around the challenges of providing safely managed services for all to inform the advocacy for WASH prioritisation and action towards achieving SDG 6.
Facilitated by GBC news anchor and host of the programme, Winifred Afum the panellists discussed the implications of safely managed water for all in Ghana and what it means to communities, service-providers, and governments. Winifred provided some background reflection and followed with a series of follow-up questions.
“As a country we have committed to achieving universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all. A safely managed drinking water service is from an improved source that is located on premises, available when needed and free from contamination. JMP Analysis: ‘With 81% of population having access to ‘at least basic’, Ghana is making steady progress. Projected to have very high level of access by 2030 (94%) but just falling short of universal access.’ Accessibility on premise’ is said to be the main factor holding Ghana back on safely managed.”
“With less than 10 years to the SDGs Agenda, where are we as a country with regards to safe and affordable water for all; and what are the priorities and strategies in going beyond basic and aspiring to safely managed water services - while leaving no-one behind?”
The video below provides answers to the above and more - what actions, investments and system mix are needed to accelerate provision of safely managed water services for all – including moving beyond basic in harder to serve communities and institutions. https://www.facebook.com/gbcghana/videos/730774410974602/